Nate Hendley - Toronto Reference Library Nov, 2017

I have given presentations based around my true-crime books in libraries, bookstores, schools, and retirement homes across Ontario.

My presentations generally last one hour. I require no special equipment, although a lectern and microphone are always appreciated.

My presentations include:

Cons, Scams and Frauds

This presentation is built around my book, The Big Con (published 2016 by ABC-CLIO).

The presentation examines con artists and scams, from Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”) to Bernie Madoff, the Nigerian Prince email (in which random recipients receive an unsolicited email supposedly from a Nigerian royal figure, about a great business opportunity), old-fashioned scams, such as the “pig-in-a-poke” and “money machine” frauds and other forms of financial deceit.

The lecture is informative and entertaining, with an overall message intended to warn people about potential scams and how to avoid being ripped off.


“At a Waterpark Seminar in June, 2017, writer Nate Hendley gave an enlightening and entertaining talk about con artists, scams and swindlers, from Bernie Madoff to Charles Ponzi and a host of other rogues and schemes including the Nigerian Scam to lighten people’s wallets and bank accounts. We had a full house of attendees who had great questions during and after the presentation. Nate speaks clearly, the presentation was tailored to our audience and we appreciated Nate’s humour.”
-Peter Russell, Coordinator of the Waterpark Seminar Series

“Nate Hendley recently gave a talk about cons and scams at our Probus club. I found that the presentation was very well researched and documented. Nate’s style of delivery is very engaging and informative. Our members really enjoyed the presentation; it was one of the best of the year. It’s obvious that Nate is very well qualified in his area of expertise.”
-Kerry Long, Probus Club of Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario


Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice

This presentation is built around my book of the same title, which looked at the tragic case of a small-town Ontario teenager wrongfully convicted of murder in 1959.


La Cosa Nostra

This presentation is based around my book about the American Mafia, and looks at the rise of the United States’ most notorious criminal underworld.  In addition to detailing the origins of the American Mafia, I discuss legal initiatives designed to combat the mob, such as the RICO statute, wiretapping and witness protection.


The Big Bosses

This presentation looks at gang leaders from the past such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Torrio, Dion O’Banion and Arnold Rothstein. I discuss how Prohibition turned street-corner thugs into millionaire mob bosses and instituted a wave of lawlessness, particularly in Chicago and New York City. This presentation is based around my books about American gangsters, Dutch Schultz and Al Capone.


To get a sense of my speaking style, here is a video of a crime writer panel discussion I took part in November 23, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library. My part begins at the 23 minute mark:

I charge reasonable rates and can present anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, contact me at: